Pizza Roll Yummyness

Pizza Roll is a great meal for the family, and it isn’t really that hard to make.  Just takes a little planning ahead, like all good things.  This is also a fantastic recipe for your college kid- not too hard and can be made ahead and shared with others.

I made it with a friend and wanted to share the pics with you.  Recipe follows.

Use this Hot Roll Mix to get started.

Pour the yeast into the flour mixture and whisk it around.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the water and warm in the microwave for a minute. Then add to the flour with an egg. Mix it well until it all comes together.
Next you dump it out on a floured cloth and knead it until it isn’t sticky anymore- around 3-4 minutes.
Then let it rest for a few minutes.
While it is resting, I brown the sausage with some chopped onions.
Next I make the cheese mixture for the inside of the pizza roll.  In a large bowl, I add these spices,
Parmesan cheese,
and Mozzarella cheese.
Add the cooled sausage and stir it all together.
Spray a cookie sheet with some Pam.
Take your dough and dump out onto your floured cloth.  Push and smash it into a rectangle with your hands.   I sometimes roll the dough with a rolling pin out on the floured cloth into a 12 x 10 rectangle.  But you can just smash it around with your hands.
Plop the cheese/sausage mixture on top and spread it out to the edges.
Roll the dough toward you and seal the edges, turning the ends down and pinching them closed.
Then pick it up carefully and transfer to the cookie sheet, seam side down.
Here is where I repaired the roll where I tore it a little.  Easy to add a pinch of dough to repair the hole.I always curve it a little and then brush it with a beaten egg to give it a nice shine when it bakes.

Bake the Pizza Roll at 350 for around 15-20 minutes, until golden.  Slice into 2 inch thick slices.

Serve it with some a warm bowl of Prego or your fav marinara sauce.  I usually let the kids ladle some sauce onto their plates and dip the Pizza Roll slices into the sauce.

You can also make this ahead of time and reheat for dinner, or you can even bake it and freeze it. To serve thaw in frig and then reheat it, wrapped in foil.

A Sursee for the Family.

1 lb sausage
1/4 cup chopped onions
Saute onions and meat and then drain and cool.

Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix
Prepare according to the directions on the box for hot roll dough-
Add 2 tbl soft butter and 1 cup of warm  water to mix.  Mix in the egg.
Knead and let rest, covered.

Mix together:
 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tbl basil
1 tbl oregano
1/2 tbl garlic salt

1 egg, beaten, to swish on the roll before baking.

Combine cheese mixture with cooled sausage.  Roll out dough into 12 x 10 rectangle on floured cloth
Dump cheese/sausage mix on top of dough.  Starting at one wide end roll over and then seal edges by pinching dough.  Beat one egg in small bowl and brush the Pizza roll with it.

 Spray cookie sheet with Pam and bake the Pizza Roll at 375 for15-20 min or until golden brown. Check at 15 minutes as I can’t really remember right now-ha!

Hope your family enjoys this recipe.  It is also a great dinner to take to a new Mom or someone recovering at home and needing a meal.  Enjoy and pass on this SURSEE.

What do you take to a new mom or friend in need of din-din?  Do tell.

Mamaw’s Lemon Cake

I want to have a recipe named after me someday. Wouldn’t that be super cool? Actually Mamaw’s Lemon Cake is really Aunt Jenny’s Lemon Cake.  They were sisters who loved well. Loved their husbands, children, grandchildren and great-grands.

I am thankful that I knew them.  Mamaw would bake this cake for us when we came to Nocona. My boys love it.  It is my go-to cake for some of them for their birthday.  I also have frozen this cake whole as it freezes beautifully.

This is a great cake to serve at a Ladies Luncheon or for a Faculty Luncheon-  looks so pretty all sliced up on a silver tray.

It is a perfect cake to slice after dinner and satisfy your sweet tooth.  Also a nice finish after a summer BBQ.

Don’t forget to take pictures on the birthday with the cake.  These are fun.

Look at the icing puddling around the base -yummy-licious!

It is great to see this one growing up!

Basically Mamaw’s cake is a white cake mix and lemon jello,


Juice from fresh lemons

Oil and Lemon extract

This all mixes up to make a wonderfully moist cake. Here’s the recipe.

Mamaw’s Lemon Cake

Mamaw’s Lemon Cake

This is definitely a SURSEE of a Cake. Let me know how you like it!


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 box lemon jello
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • I also add the zest from the Lemon I juiced.
  • Icing
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest these same lemons- so fresh tasting.


    For the Cake
  1. Mix all the ingredients above in a mixer and pour into a greased Bundt cake pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  3. For the Icing
  4. Pour over the cake while it is still warm. You can also make the icing a little thicker by not adding so much lemon juice. Your choice.

"What is for Dinner?" they asked.

“Yummy things, ” she answered.

That is what I always told my kids when they asked me that question.

I have had several requests for recipes.  I understand that request.  Sometimes you just need someone else to inspire you.  You just don’t feel like cracking open a cookbook, and yet, you want to be creative in the kitchen.   So, I am going to start posting more recipes to my blog.  Here goes…

Cheese Ravioli in Basil Cream Sauce

This is one of my go-to, easy-peasy, looks hard, but it is not, recipes.

I have used it for company or just the family.

I teach this recipe to the senior girls when they come over for Girls Night because I think it is a great College Dish to know how to prepare.

I hope you enjoy this little SURSEE of an Easy Meal.  What is an easy meal you make?

Cheese Ravioli in Basil-Cream Sauce
1 (24-oz) package frozen cheese ravioli
2 tbl butter
1 8 oz pkg of sliced mushrooms
3 green onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 (10 oz)  can diced mild tomatoes and green chiles, drained-OR you can use plain diced tomatoes which I do!
2 tbl chopped fresh basil
1 cup whipping cream
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
Prepare ravioli in large Dutch oven according to package directions; drain and keep warm.  
Melt 2 tbl butter in Dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add mushrooms and next 3 ingredients; sauté over medium high-heat 6 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.  Stir in diced tomatoes and green chilies, basil and cream; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.  Stir in Parmesan cheese; add salt.
Stir in ravioli, tossing to coat.

Variation~ Since I have carnivores (all boys) at my house, I always added diced, cooked chicken so they could find some meat in the pasta.’ Nuf said.